Supporting Refugee Community Organisations - Refugee Council

Supporting Refugee Community Organisations

Refugee Community Organisations (RCOs) are essential in creating a welcoming society for refugees in the UK. Run for and by refugees, RCOs support their communities to become more integrated into their local areas. We work with them to ensure refugees have a stronger voice in the UK.

RCOs play an important role in helping newly arrived refugees to settle in the UK. Their impact on the lives of refugee and people seeking asylum throughout the country is huge.

Because they are run by people from refugee backgrounds, they possess unique strengths:

  • Reach: links to their communities, community languages, cultural affinity and trust enable RCOs to engage with refugees in ways other organisations cannot
  • Insight: RCOs have direct experience of what life is like for refugees in the UK, enabling them to identify and communicate challenges and opportunities
  • Solutions: RCOs are innovative in finding solutions to barriers and challenges facing refugees and people seeking asylum

How we help

The Refugee Council champions the role of RCOs in the UK. We help to ensure they have a stronger voice in national and local debates and decisions that affect their members’ daily lives. We work with them to ensure our services and campaigns reflect the needs of their communities. And we help them to secure the resources they need to achieve their mission. Our support includes:

Our support includes:

  • Free training, toolkits, information and other resources to help them adapt, evolve and innovate and sustain their programme activities
  • Free events to facilitate networking, sharing information and best practice, encouraging collaboration and increase impact.
  • Engagement opportunities for the development of a shared understanding of the needs of refugee communities amongst civil society, funders, the public sector and decision makers.

Find out more about RCOs in the UK

Read our report

‘A bridge to life in the UK: Refugee-led community organisations and their role in integration’

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